The Big East Rookie of the Year threw for a Louisville freshman record 2,129 yards (with 14 touchdowns) after becoming the school's first true freshman starting quarterback since 1976.
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Before tearing his ACL eight games into the 2011 campaign, Graham's 134.14 yards per game were second nationally and first in the conference. The junior still garnered All-Big East recognition with 958yards and nine touchdowns despite his injury-shortened year.
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A Freshman All-America last season, McCombs totaled 1,151 yards and seven touchdowns, the 14th Huskies player to reel off a 1,000-yard season. His 95.92 yards per game were second in the Big East.
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Griffin was the top target for USF quarterback B.J.Daniels in 2011, leading the team with 530 yards and 43 receptions despite missing four games.
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Lemon started every game for Syracuse last fall, setting the Orange's single-season record with 68 receptions. His 834 receiving yards were the most by a Syracuse junior in school history.
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Griffin's was the Big East's most prolific tight ends in 2011, snagging three touchdowns and 499 yards, but his substantial blocking skills might be his most overlooked trait.
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The leader of the Syracuse line, Pugh started every game the last two seasons for the Orange.
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The 6-foot-4, 298-pound guard has made 23 starts for Connecticut and will be the anchor of the line that helped tailback Lyle McCombs surpass 1,000 yards rushing in 2011.
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The senior is a staple of the Louisville offensive line, starting 34 of 38 games in his three-year career. Benavides slimmed down in the offseason to add to his agility and conditioning.
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The 6-foot-7, 300-pound Popek powered a line that plowed the road for the Bulls' Big East-leading 183.2 rushing yards per game in 2011.
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Jacobson has suffered season-ending knee injuries twice in his Pittsburgh career -- including 2011 -- but will bring an NCAA-issuedsixth year of eligibility to new coach Paul Chryst's pro-style offense.
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South Florida's biggest threat on one of the Big East's best defensive lines should build on the 44 tackles, 5.5 sacks and 11 tackles for loss he posted last fall.
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Vallone is defined by his durability: The senior has started every game (38) of his Rutgers career, the most of any returning player in the Big East.
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The junior played every lineman position in Pittsburgh's 3-4 scheme last season and ranked seventh nationally with 0.85 sacks per game.
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Williams registered 12.5 sacks last season as a junior -- fifth nationally -- and needs only nine more to become Connecticut's all-time career sacks leader.
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The Big East's co-Defensive Player of the Year in 2011 totaled 141 tackles, fifth most in Rutgers history and 12th nationally.
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Lattimore lead the Bulls with 94 tackles and seven sacks last season while tallying five double-digit tackle games.
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Khaseem Greene's right-hand man on the Rutgers' defense, Beauharnais completes the Big East's best linebacker duo. He finished 2011 second on the team with 77 tackles and five sacks.
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The Knights' leading defensive back nabbed three interceptions last season, taking one of his two picks against Pittsburgh 45 yards for a touchdown.
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Smith paced the Cardinals with nine pace breakups and has made 24 consecutive starts, the most by any Louisville player.
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A three-year starter in the Pitt secondary, Holley was second on the Panthers with 67 total tackles last year.
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The versatile Bushell had 50 tackles and one interception for Louisville last season and also made noise on special teams, returning a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown against UConn.
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Bonani's 51 career field goals are a South Florida record.
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O'Donnell helped the Bearcats lead the Big East in net punting in 2011 with his 43.8 yards per kick.
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His 90-yard kick return in the fourth quarter helped Cincinnati overtake Vanderbilt in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.
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Williams rang up 123 yards on 22 returns for the Huskies.
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